The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute operational team has responsibility for the day-to-day implementation of the Institute strategy. Please get in touch with us if you would like to know more about the activities of the institute or are interested in collaborative opportunities.
Professor Rachael Gooberman-Hill, Executive Director
Rachael has been Director of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute since August 2017. She is Professor of Health and Anthropology and is committed to interdisciplinary health research. Her vision for the Institute centres on supporting excellent research that has real impact on health. Read more about Rachael's research.
Dr Richard Seabrook, Advisor on Business Development
Richard provides leadership to support the growth of partnerships and alliances with industry in the space across the health arena and assist with maximising opportunities to benefit from external funding streams to support these activities such as the government’s new Industry Strategy Challenge Fund. He also plays a central role in identifying new opportunities to translate our fundamental research across the University of Bristol’s entire health research portfolio into commercial impact.
Dr Nina Couzin, Institute Manager
Nina manages the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute by developing and supporting a broad range of activities and programmes of work to facilitate research across disciplines to improve health. Nina has a background in Physical Sciences and scientific publishing, and is particularly interested in how new knowledge is translated into real-world impact.
Jocelyn Egginton, Executive Assistant
Jocelyn works 17.5 hours a week, administering the day to day running of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute. She can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Blackmore, Funding Officer
Sarah's hours are Monday - Thursday and every other Friday Sarah joined the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute in 2013 and administers all of the Institute's funding schemes. She can be contacted on email@example.com
Jo Stubbs, Public Engagement Associate
Jo joined the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute 2018 and works Wednesday to Friday. Her main priority is in encouraging and facilitating researchers to engage with the non-academic world throughout the course of their research. This includes creating conversations between community groups and researchers, working with local partners to inform research questions, and collaborating with public audiences to showcase and explore all things health research-related.
Jo Barrell, Senior Communications Officer
Jo joined the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute in 2018. She has 20 years’ experience working in PR and communications for third sector organisations focusing on health and well-being. Jo works Tuesdays to Thursdays managing Elizabeth Blackwell Institute communications.
Catherine Brown, Research Development Administrator for the Health Research Networks
Catherine administers the four Research Networks in the Biomedical and Health Sciences space which provide researchers with opportunities for collaboration and partnership across Schools and Faculties.
Esther Kissane-Webb, Research Administrator
Esther joined the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute in 2019 and works 2 days per week as the Administrator for the Mental Health in Young People research initiative and 1 day per week as the Administrator for the Mechanisms to Populations research strand. She can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Dr Ola (Aleksandra) Thomson, Research Associate in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Ola joined the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute in 2021 as a Research Associate in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Her main priority is delivering research to address EDI issues in research participation and scientific careers in health-related research. She also works with the EBI colleagues to support and further develop the Institute's main aims and objectives.
Our operational team works very closely with colleagues in the Research and Enterprise Division of the University of Bristol and in particular with the Research Development, Partnerships and Programmes, Research Policy, Commercialisation and Impact Development and Programme Management teams at the University of Bristol. We also work closely with the University's central Public Engagement team and the central Diversity and Inclusion team.